Annapurna IV Expedition Update: Base Camp at 15,500 feet!

Last week I posted on the Annapurna IV Expedition in which climbers Ben Clark, Josh Butson, and TIm Clarke hope to scale Annapuran IV, a 24,688 foot peak in the Annapurna Sanctuary of Nepal. Not content to just stand on the summit however, they will then attempt the first ski descent of the mountain, which involves roughly 9000 feet of vert.

Today I have a few updates from the team, as they have arrived in base camp at 15,500 feet, where they have promptly begun to make friends with their neighbors. Thus far it has been a bit wet in the region, with thunderstorms keeping things interesting the past few days. The team was able to find a dry spot to set up camp however, despite the aforementioned neighbors setting up a shower tent in close proximity.

Despite the weather however, preparations continue. Josh reports that they’ve been scouting the route while hiking up and down the moraine, and waiting for their chance to start to climb higher. They’ve been occupying their time by sorting their gear, resting and acclimatizing, but expect to being the actual climb in the next few days.

In the meantime, the guys want to hear from you. They have decent internet access despite their remote location and plenty of technology with them, so if you have a question about their expedition, would like to know more, or just want to wish them well, drop them a note at

I’ll post more updates as they become available and the team starts their ascent.

Kraig Becker

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